in the past few months i have mentally composed, edited and rewritten a thousand different versions of these goodbyes. i never did come up with one final concise way to say everything i wanted to convey. i scrapped the idea to close up and simply disappear from this space. hence, the seven days.
so this will be the post expressing my gratitude. a week of farewells would not be complete without my sincere thanks to everyone who showed up here to see or read what i was up to. whether i was showing you something i had made, collected or read, sharing an (occasionally thrifty) idea or enthusing over a tasty dish, i have truly appreciated every page view and each kind comment. those who know me in real life often took the time to phone or email me to say they liked a photo or essay, to let me know they got the humor or the pathos of a particular post. often, the positive encouragement i received helped carry me thru my day. or week. i thank you. what began as a desire for a creative outlet, a craving for communication and conversation grew into a productive habit and opened up a world. in the process i've happily found like-minds, read and viewed the work and ideas you posted online. i made new friends, exchanged art projects and met some amazing people. i hope we will continue to keep in touch.
the ending of this blog does not mean the end of my bricolagelife or that you won't be able to find me in good old cyberspace. tho this will be a blog sabbatical of sorts, i will continue to post daily photos (my visual diary) and converse via comments on my flickr page. my three etsy shops will remain open for business (and convos) and i can be reached privately via email here: bricolagelife(at)gmail(dot)com. thinking ahead, i have reserved a bricolagelife space at blogspot and one at tumblr for future projects.
lastly but not leastly, i want to thank the team at typepad, who have been totally awesome, helpful and generous. i would recommend them to anyone who wants to try this blogging stuff.